Philadelphia Ischemic Encephalopathy Lawyers

If your child has experienced a birth injury such as Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, call 1-800-590-4116 for a free, initial consultation with Jim McEldrew or another Philadelphia personal injury lawyer at McEldrew Young.

To put it as simply as possible, ischemic encephalopathy is a brain injury and it is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain, otherwise known as asphyxia. This condition in particular is suffered by newborns, and while they can compensate for oxygen depletion over very brief periods, there is a risk to brain tissue when the situation is drawn out for long enough. Overall, this condition is a leading cause of death or at the very least, severe impairment in infants.

What are the Symptoms of Ischemic Encephalopathy?

There are several symptoms and we’ve take the liberty of compiling some of the most common. Pay attention to your newborn and make sure they’re not suffering from any of the following:

  • Seizures Shortly after Delivery (24 to 48 hours)
  • Issues with Feeling:
    • Inability to Latch to Breast
    • Issues with Swallowing

You should also make sure to pay close attention to your child if they needed resuscitation the moment they were born. This does not always indicate ischemic encephalopathy, but it is one of the most important warning signs.

Along with these obvious symptoms, later impairment for the child can include conditions like epilepsy, motor issues, cognitive impairment, and developmental delays. The biggest problem is that the condition cannot effectively be diagnosed until the child in question is two to three years of age.

What is the Cause of Ischemic Encephalopathy?

There was a time when asphyxia was believe do be the sole cause of Cerebral Palsy in infants, but the percentage has since been proven to be relatively small. Causes for that condition are now linked to premature birth and other conditions while this condition is linked to acute maternal hypotension, low blood-oxygen levels, cardiac issues, umbilical cord complications, impaired blood flow to the brain, prolapsed cord, medical negligence, and several other causes that are simply too numerous to mention.

The last thing that we will mention is that while two to three minutes of oxygen deprivation might seem inconsequential to a grown adult, for an infant it can be absolutely devastating. The damage to their already developing brain can be irreversible and it can easily affect them for the rest of their life. That being said, when choosing a doctor you must ensure you select one that has plenty of experience and one that is well versed in the art of giving birth. In the event something still goes terribly wrong, however, you can feel free to seek compensation to pay for the care of your infant and to mitigate the feelings of emotional distress that you might be experiencing as a result of the traumatic event. Nothing can truly make up for it, but there is at least some comfort to gain in monetary help.

If your child has experienced a birth injury such as Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, call 1-800-590-4116 for a free, initial consultation with Jim McEldrew or another Philadelphia personal injury lawyer at McEldrew Young.

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